I’ve mentioned it more than once on these pages that I’m quite fond of Afrikaans music. It’s a delightful medley of over the top silliness all the way through to the real serious stuff. More importantly, it almost always has that ‘local’ feel, which is probably why I secretly enjoy it so much.
Anyway, halfway into October I was lucky enough to be able to catch a live performance of Theuns Jordaan at the Barnyard Theatre here at Willowbridge Mall in Durbanville – and as expected, it was a great evening out!
(If you aren’t familiar with him, essentially he is one of Afrikaan music’s biggest names, however at the same time, he flies so low under the radar that you pretty much almost never hear about him. Characterized by his deeply emotive bass voice, his music is the stuff that works best when sitting reflectively around the fire with a glass of red wine in hand! Also, now that I’ve seen him live, he tends to point his knees at one another when singing the slow stuff – which is kind of comical and can’t be unseen once you spot it.)
As it happened: Jessica and Emily got to spend some time with my folks, while Chantelle and I joined hers for the Thursday evening performance. Drink was obtained from the bar, and pizza ordered from the pizza counter – which was delicious I might add. (Not so much for Monty and Cheryl mind you, as for some or other reason, their order got kind of lost in the system).
We had a great view from the upper tier as Theuns and his super distinctive, deep voice got off to a slow and serious start, but halfway in he started applying the energy, waking the crowd up with a great mix of both his own material as well as classic English (like Neil Diamond and Johnny Cash) covers.
And of course, once his big hits started making their way into the set, well then things really became alive!
For example, “Net Voor Die Storm Kom” (my favourite by the way):
Also, how can you not like “Sal Jy Bly?”:
And of course, he saved the best for absolute last. I suspect though that the crowd may have killed him if he had walked off without performing this legendary track of his – “Soos Bloed”:
As for the venue: The Barnyard Theatre is a privately-owned group of small to medium-sized, intimate theatres and entertainment venue spaces across the whole of South Africa, primarily used to host local music events and stage performances.
Durbanville’s Willowbridge Mall (which long term readers might recall as playing host to the market that Chantelle and I traded at for the longest during her Cupcakery market stall run), is home to the Cape Town edition of the Barnyard Theatre, which is advertised as being able to seat around 500 guests.
The atmosphere is brilliantly informal and always ready for a party, with guests being able to consume both drink and food in the venue. (Drink can be grabbed from the downstairs bar, and as for food, if you don’t want to brink your own, then you can grab a pizza or two from the pizza service next to the bar as well!)
Always a fun option if you are looking for something to do with your evening in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town.
Of course, just in case you are looking for it on the map, there you go:
Chantelle and I had a nice run up to Father’s Day this year, first with a date night that saw us enjoy some good food at the recently opened Rooibos restaurant in Strand, followed by the thoroughly entertaining, Shane Black directed “The Nice Guys” starring Russell Crowe and a hilariously good Ryan Gosling.
However, the next evening brought in an even nicer treat in the form of Amadeus Rocks!, a musical show rocking out at the always entertaining Barnyard Theatre at Willowbridge.
Following the success of a previous show entitled Roll Over Beethoven, Amandeus Rocks! replicates the formula by bringing back a resurrected Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart whose goal (other than impressing the ladies) is to change classical music into rock music.
Featuring two pianos, a set of drums, an electric guitar, a bass guitar, and the star of the show, an electric violin – oh, and the fabulous team of nine musicians and singers that brings everything to life, we were treated to a fantastic set of cover songs and instrumentals that covered a range that included classical, classical rock and contemporary pop tunes.
Smoke, lights, sound and a lot of energy makes for an exciting show indeed!
Our outing was put together by Rob and Tarryn, who had wanted to treat their respective dads Monty and Herman with a special Father’s Day treat, and in the end we were a nice group of ten (the dads with their wives and all the grown-up kids), with a near front row table and a spread laid out in front of us that definitely was making everyone around us drool in jealousy!
Tarryn certainly doesn’t mess around when she organises a special outing, that’s for sure!
Although the show had less rock content than what I was expecting, it was nevertheless a thoroughly enjoyable, entertaining evening out – with Chantelle salivating over the electric guitar player in particular – and I’m pretty confident that everyone walked out that venue with a massive smile on their faces!
Oops. Found this folder of photos I completely forgot to post to the blog last year November, taken on one of our outings post Jess’ birthday party to Mondeor Garden Restaurant.
How do I know it was post-birthday? Well mainly because Jessica was totally rocking out in her brand new (and thoroughly awesome) Rainbow Dash swimming costume! :)
Oh, and we spotted our first Father Christmas statue in November as well (at Willowbridge Mall).
Can’t say I quite remember as to why we were both at Willowbridge in Durbanville and then Mondeor in Somerset West on the same day though!
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Well Jess sure had some fun. I’m not sure if it was just a school holiday thing or not, but the very cool Kiddiwinks LEGO store in Willowbridge has a whole heap of Friends-branded LEGO set up outside their store in a supervised setup that allows you to leave your kids to have fun with their imagination while you quickly get your shop on.
Needless to say, Jessica didn’t really give me that much of a choice in the matter.
Emily on the other hand was not at all pleased that I wasn’t going to leave her behind to play! (Thankfully, a bribe of a packet of chips from Pick ‘n Pay let me off the hook!)
Yesterday Chantelle and her mom took the opportunity to run the Willowbridge Chantelle’s Cupcakery stall, with one of the main reasons for doing this being the unveiling of Chantelle’s newly printed PVC banner to proudly herald her business’ new identity.
The sizable banner was whipped up by the incredibly helpful and efficient team over at Sign-a-Rama in Somerset West, based on my business card layout, which in turn incorporates the gorgeously elegant logo produced by our friends at Branch Designs.
With a little Monty Montgomery ingenuity in terms of providing hooks and a pole to assist in the hanging, I have to say I was pretty proud to see the final result:
Chantelle had the camera with her on the day, so this will give you a good idea of how our now very recognisable stall currently looks:
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I’ve been a bit slack on the weekend updates again I see, so just in case you were wondering what the Lotter Clan has been up to over the past two weekends, never fear, for the info is here!
Two weeks ago I capped off a busy work week with my bi-monthly release notes send out and then headed off back home only to find Chantelle and Cheryl still furiously busy in the kitchen, pumping out baked produce in readiness for the Saturday market stall at Willowbridge. Monty was happily entertaining Jessica, and after a delicious curry for supper, we let the ladies get back to their work while we continued to entertain and eventually tire out Miss Jessica.
Eventually the market work was done and Cheryl and Monty returned home to Bellville, leaving a pretty tired Chantelle ready to tackle the next project, a beautiful pink baby shower cake while I set about teaming up with Ryan over XBOX Live to take another stab at the explosive and enjoyable Crackdown co-op campaign.
Saturday saw Chantelle out early as she headed over to Willowbridge to run (with Cheryl) our very first stall at Willowbridge (we’re now back permanently, meaning you can catch us each and every Saturday at the Willowbridge Slow Market from 09:30 to 14:00), leaving Jessica and me to mind the house, get up to all sorts of mischief and await the arrival of the lady to pick up her Baby Shower Cake.
After the pickup Jess and I headed out to the Somerset Mall to take care of a few shopping errands, ending off with a stroll around Stodels, making sure that after the business end of our visit had concluded, we still had enough time to stay and play a bit on their slides and wooden climbing frame. For lunch I treated little Jess to some McDonalds (the Happy Meal Purple Minion toy was the target), and after a quick detour to Benbel on Monty’s behalf, she and I packed our bags and headed off to Bellville, first meeting up with Chantelle at Dean’s place for a visit with Zania, little Zandea, Damen, Michelle and little Logan, followed by some time with the Montgomery Clan (we were sleeping over for the night), from which Chantelle and I eventually snuck away to Tygervalley for a date night, first taking in the very amusing Despicable Me 2 at Ster-Kinekor, followed by a mouthwatering delicious supper of pizza at Panarottis.
We didn’t stick around in Bellville on Sunday morning, instead returning to Gordon’s Bay fairly early on, allowing me to get cracking with some DIY (taking down the punching bag, filling holes in the lawn and painting the exterior wall) while Chantelle got her hands dirty in the kitchen for the Monday Sacred Ground Deli order.
Not that it was all work mind you – I did make some time for Assassin’s Creed and Crackdown in terms of gaming, as well as taking in a couple of episodes of the thoroughly enjoyable Community (I’m currently on Season 1), as well as an impromptu trip to the beach with Jess, where we enjoyed an hour of so of filling up buckets and tossing sand on one another!
So yeah, a pretty enjoyable weekend with pretty decent weather in other words!
Last weekend obviously had the extra bonus of Friday being a public holiday (Women’s Day), meaning that once again Jessica and I found ourselves making the most of our day off together. While Chantelle and Olga happily baked cupcakes and what not in the kitchen, Jess and I undertook the mission of Theo’s Mall Coffee Shop cupcake delivery, after which we took the time to waddle around the mall, the end result being a brand new book for Jess and a nice bag of salted peanuts and raisins for me. (I suspect Jess loved her book more than I loved my peanuts!)
Unfortunately Chantelle had to leave for her delivery in Franschhoek, meaning that after Jess and I had dropped off Olga after her half day of work, we were free to play, part of which included a fun visit to the duck pond in Strand, where Jessica very happily started the session off by giving strict eating instructions to the first group of ducks that she encountered, before eventually running for her life as some of the bigger geese started to get a little too friendly with the chunks of bread in her hand!
The evening was made up of fingerpainting for Jess, blogging and Crackdown with Ryan for me, and after our impromptu KFC supper, poor Chantelle was back in the kitchen, this time finishing up all the cupcakes and cake required for Saturday’s market stall.
Saturday was an early start for us, as Chantelle, Jess and I departed for Bellville, first stopping off at the Montgomery Clan stronghold to drop off Jess and pick up the packaging and stall display materials, before heading over to Willowbridge in order to set up our stall and start trading! Pleasingly, despite the reduced foot traffic thanks to the long weekend and various other distractions that the weekend was offering, we still made well over a R1,000 worth of sales over the course of the day, meaning that I’m pretty pleased how my first day back at the markets had gone. (Plus, it was pretty nice to catch up with all the old trader faces which I haven’t seen for about year or so!)
Chantelle had Jess for the afternoon following the market, and so she and the little one headed off to Kid Station, the kid’s hair salon situated in Tyger Manor, for Jessica’s very first ever hair cut, the end result being a very cute little blonde bob, without any of those eina curls to bother her any more! (Apparently Jessica was really well behaved and sat perfectly still for the haircut, making her even more so super deserving of the fun little “Certificate of Bravery” she received at the end of the ordeal!).
I on the other hand had organised a proper FIFA Foursome guy’s evening for the remainder of Saturday and as such, found myself playing FIFA 13 on the XBOX with Damen, Evan and Ryan for just short of nine straight hours, only taking a few short breaks here and there, including a quick stop for some St. Elmo’s Pizza. Seriously, nine hours of intense and VERY competitive virtual soccer (it probably was a little overboard, but hey, we haven’t done it in such a long time that it was worth it!). Anyway, I eventually called it a night just before 01:00, making the long drive back home to Gordon’s Bay where I very quickly slumped into bed for some well deserved rest time!
Up until now, despite the heavy snow on the mountain tops around us, weather had been pretty good for our weekend escapades, but that had to eventually give way, and it did for Sunday, meaning that the day was pretty much spent indoors, Chantelle sleeping most of it away on the couch while Jessica assisted me in some sorting and tossing out of stuff around the house. The day at home was only punctuated by a quick trip out to Pick ‘n Pay for Jess and me to pick up some braai stuff, which of course translates directly into the fact that I spent the afternoon behind the coals preparing a rather delicious braai of chicken, pork and venison sausage!
Lots of television, lots of play time, and then a little icky clean up, some blogging and a little Community Season 1, was pretty much my Sunday in a nutshell.
Still, it was a long weekend so I can’t exactly complain! :)
Had a pretty enjoyable weekend I must say, so much so that I’m feeling kind of energised as I step into the new week (of course, the fact that Wednesday is a public holiday certainly doesn’t hurt!).
Friday night wasn’t anything special, with Chantelle picking up on baking after Jessica went to bed, leaving me to roam about and entertain myself, the end result being taking in the new Iron Man: Technovore movie on my new tablet, which went well for the first half of the movie, but not so great for the second half, as Chantelle’s recollection of my epic snoring can attest to.
Saturday was an early start as we packed up for the weekend and drove through to Bellville, first to pop in and have a look around at the funky little food and craft market held at D’Aria in Durbanville, before heading over to our old market stomping ground at Willowbridge Mall, just to see how everyone is doing on that side of the world.
The afternoon was reserved for a braai with friends at Ryan’s pad, and although both Jessica and Ryan would only join the group a little bit later on, all the usual suspects were there and we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon outside on Ryan’s backyard lawn, braaing, playing cricket and in general just letting the toddlers tear about while the adults played a little catch up (It feels like ages since the last time we all met up for an official gathering!). Some FIFA rounded off the gathering for the guys, and the winning funniest moment of the day was without a doubt awarded to Ryan for his scaling of his neighbour’s wall using a rickety ladder, just in time to see Karl hop over, retrieve the ball, and return to the yard, just as Ryan finally managed to make his landing on the other side!
Supper was had at Monty and Cheryl’s place, and while Chantelle then proceeded to decorate cupcakes late into the night, I entertained myself by draining my tablet’s battery via some full-on game playing, eventually turning in for the night for some much deserved rest time.
Sunday was a super early morning for Chantelle and myself, as we silently stirred, packed up the car, left Jessica still sleeping in Robert’s room, and headed out to Century City, where we set up stall at the always delightful Century City Natural Goods Market, having finally cracked the nod following the withdrawal of their usual cake provider for the day. This being the last market for the Summer season, it was pleasing to see such a good turnout, and as always the vibe was awesome, plenty of interesting people milling about, kids loving the train and science show, and of course an excellent choice of music and live performance, this time featuring an appearance from the rather groovy Trenton and the Free Radical.
As for the actual stall itself, Chantelle and I did very well, selling over 100 cupcakes and 50 brownies on the day!
After the market closed its figurative tent doors at 14:00, Chantelle and I then wandered over to Canal Walk, to do a spot of clothing shopping for Jess (not much luck and more importantly, who the hell thought that skinny jeans is a great idea for an active toddler!?!), as well as to partake in a light lunch, courtesy of the delicious La Rocca cafe in the mall. Relaxed and happy from our successful day out in the sun, we then finally made the trip back to Bellville, where on arrival at the Montgomery Clan Stronghold, I immediately took the excited Jessica out for a walk around the big Door de Kraal dam in Welgemoed, while a slightly knackered Chantelle crashed for a bit on her mom’s couch (there was plenty of gentle snoring I might add).
Supper time rolled around, and after enjoying some delicious mackerel that we had purchased from the market earlier in the day, it eventually became time to load up the cars and head out to Gordon’s Bay once more, and after successfully transferring a sleeping Jessica straight into her own bed, I could at last proceed and wound the evening down by reading a comic book in bed.
So yes, a relaxing weekend indeed!
So Chantelle has now officially stopped working at Gordon’s Beach Lodge (thanks Whammy and Louise for treating us to a fantastic farewell lunch out at 96 Winery Road on her last day!), and quite frankly has yet to have had a chance to sit down and take it all in. She has a massive amount of orders to take care of at the moment, all of which will probably take her well into January just to wade through. (In fact, it feels a little like jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire at the moment). Of course our triple market weekend this weekend didn’t help her baking schedule in the slightest, and while I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten what colour my kitchen counters are, I’m pretty sure she’s forgotten what her bed looks like!
Anyway, the point I want to make is that we just came off a weekend of three market appearances, meaning that I’ve started off this week needing a weekend to recover from this weekend – something which makes me long for the upcoming year end break even harder now!
Saturday was Willowbridge Slow Food Market as per usual, and unfortunately for us, again a real lack of foot traffic meant a relatively poor day in terms of takings, though it certainly was a slight improvement on the previous weekend, where we had seen our lowest overall takings to date!
(It was quite cute though when on Friday night, after arriving home after a long day behind the keyboard, I was pretty much in by the front gate and then straight back out with Jessie tucked under my arm, heading out first for a hour long beach playing in the sand session, followed by an impromptu shopping and electricity-buying trip, all in the name of getting the rather niggly Jess Jess out from under wifey’s feet in the hope that Chantelle could get a little bit of baking done before the drawn out bed time routine kicked in.)
Anyway, with Chantelle still desperately baking and Cheryl having to look after Jessica because my folks still being on holiday in the Kruger National Park, I tackled Saturday’s market single-handedly, and despite REALLY not wanting to do it come the morning (plus the broken lift in Willowbridge which meant trekking along the underground parking to reach the alternative), the dynamic duo of Mario and Marcel in the pie stand next to us did an excellent job of cheering me up, which means that in the end, despite not having a financially rewarding market like I mentioned before, I did rather enjoy the day.
So that wasn’t too horrible then.
Because of the dual markets pencilled in for Sunday, it had been previously decided that Jessica would sleep over in Bellville with Oupa and Ouma, which then meant that Sunday’s morning packing for market departure was a lot more smoother than Saturday morning’s operation, where we obviously still had our little tantrum thrower under foot.
Despite the heavy rain in the morning, the sun did eventually take over proceedings and from all accounts the Hathersage market in Somerset West was a wonderful experience on the day, with Chantelle even coaxing her parents to make the trip through to come and join her and soak up a little of the Marimba-infused atmosphere with Little Miss Jess.
As for myself, I made the trip through to Century City, where despite the slightly overcast weather, the people arrived in droves for a fun day of train rides, dog shows, live music and of course market goods. I had a particularly good day behind the stall, walking away with the most takings out of the three stalls that we had run over the course of the weekend, meaning that I ended up being pretty chuffed with myself.
Though still dead tired.
Sigh, at least all of Chantelle’s deli and wedding baking this week means I’m getting a weekend free of markets this coming weekend – which is something to celebrate it these days in my opinion! :)
[P.S. Should be fun. Hear that our dear friend Retha has flown in from Spain and will be staying over at us for a couple of days. Needless to say, I don’t think she realise just how much work Chantelle has planned out for her!]
Chantelle was on duty this weekend (seriously, I can’t wait for the end of the month to arrive so that she’s finally finished with all this shift work of hers), leaving Jessica to spend a lot of time with Oupa and Ouma while I handled the double barrel market events of Saturday and Sunday.
Shame, it was aweomse of Cheryl, Monty and Rob to help look after Jess this weekend, because outside of some cool beach time with softserve goodness and a late afternoon trip to the guest house for a visit for Jess and myself, it was Cheryl and Monty looking after Jessica for the whole of Saturday in Bellville, Rob looking after Jess on Sunday morning in Gordon’s Bay, and Monty and Cheryl looking after Jess for the rest of Sunday afternoon, also in Gordon’s Bay.
As for myself, apart from the few episodes I managed to take in of The Big Bang Theory over the weekend (I’m finally getting around to seeing this hit series – and so far so good!), it was a solo-run Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes stall at Willowbridge for the whole of Saturday, followed by another solo-run Chantelle’s Cookies and Cakes stall at Hathersage on Sunday.
Unfortunately Willowbridge continued to be a big letdown for us in terms of sales, despite the beautiful weather and prime time of month, the collective effect of there just being too many craft and christmas markets currently on the go in the Northern Suburbs impacting foot traffic heavily. Nevertheless, it still continues to be one of our primary marketing channels in terms of Chantelle’s cake orders – in fact she had a brilliant week of orders, bringing in more that just pocket change with it, and pretty much resigning the disappointing Willowbridge market to the back of our minds.
Sunday’s Hathersage turned out to be not that much better though, a surprise considering just how well we had done two weeks ago. However, I suspect that similar logic to that affecting Willowbridge applies, and the fact that the morning started off overcast most certainly didn’t help!
Nevertheless, I did enjoy the markets, always lots of fun to be out and about and interacting with people, I did enjoying playing with all our new, colorful “monopoly” money which I saw a fair bit of over the weekend, I did seriously enjoy all the Big Bang Theory I absorbed in the evenings, and of course, the Springboks managed to do enough to beat the Irish.
So a busy weekend then in other words, but not a particularly horrible one! :)